Doyle is in trouble. It’s nothing new, but this time, it’s bad because he freaking kidnapped a guy, and now the guy’s friends are here to save him.
Marcus is new to pack security, so he didn’t know what to expect from the rescue mission, but it certainly wasn’t to find out that one of the guys who kidnapped his best friend’s mate is his mate. He doesn’t know how to feel about it or what to do, so he keeps it to himself even though he’s tasked to guard Doyle once they’re back in pack territory.
Doyle had his reasons for helping to kidnap Everly, and he didn’t know everything that was going on, but he still feels guilty. He expects to be put behind bars, but instead, when he’s taken to the Rosewood pack, he’s assigned to a home. He can’t leave, and Marcus is there to guard him, but it’s much better than anything he could have dreamed of. He doesn’t understand why the pack is treating him so well or why they’re giving him this chance, but he won’t waste it.
After a while, Marcus realizes he likes the Doyle he’s getting to know, and it makes it much harder to hide that Doyle is his mate. What will happen when he tells people, especially Everly? Even more importantly, will Doyle be a prisoner for much longer, and if he’s not, will he stay with the pack, or will Marcus lose him?
Doyle is human, but maybe he can find a place with the pack anyway—that is, if he can forgive himself the way the pack has.
Doyle had kidnapped a man. Holy shit, he’d kidnapped a guy, had tied him to a chair, and was holding him hostage, and he didn’t even know why.
“Keep an eye on him. I have things to do,” Donald ordered as he walked toward the exit.
That was why. Donald had offered him a lot of money—well, a lot for Doyle—and had threatened to hurt Doyle’s family, and Doyle had caved. What else could he have done?
“You’re leaving me alone with him?” Doyle asked. He wasn’t surprised, but he wished it wasn’t true.
Donald glared at him. “What, are you afraid?”
Damn right, Doyle was afraid. He had no idea why Donald had grabbed this guy, but the guy was probably dangerous. Doyle had made sure he wouldn’t be able to get free, but how long would that last? What if he went back inside and the guy attacked him?
“Just shut up and do your job,” Donald added. “I’ll be back in an hour or so.”
“Why did we take him?” Maybe knowing would help Doyle.
“It’s none of your business, and if you want to get paid, you’ll keep your mouth shut. Just make sure he stays tied to that chair and stay away from him.”
“What if someone comes for him?”
Donald’s lips curled into a smile Doyle didn’t like. “I guess you’ll find out why we took him then.”
Doyle didn’t dare say anything else. He watched Donald leave, slamming the door as he went. The sound echoed in the empty building, and Doyle could hear Donald walking down the hallway, then outside. He didn’t relax until he couldn’t hear Donald’s car anymore. He hated the guy, and he should have known better than to agree to work with him, but he hadn’t had a choice.
But this wasn’t the kind of person Doyle was. If his father found out how Doyle brought money home, he’d strangle him—right after yelling at him. They needed money, but not at this price. Doyle had been desperate, but he already regretted it, and he didn’t know what to do.
He could let the guy go. That would be the best way to atone for what he’d done, but Donald would find out, and then he’d kill Doyle and probably the rest of his family, too.
Doyle didn’t like this. He didn’t like any of this, but he also didn’t have a choice, so he pushed that thought away and tried to focus on what he was doing before he got in trouble.
But he already was in trouble. He’d been a willing participant and had even tied the guy to a chair. He’d tried to act as if he didn’t care, but damn it, he did.
So that was out. He felt horrible, though. He wanted to do something, so he grabbed a bottle of water from the grocery bag that contained several of them and snacks and headed toward the master bedroom.
He opened the door and stepped in.
“I’m not drinking that,” the man on the chair said.
“Why not?” He was lucky Doyle was offering him that water.
“Because you won’t let me go to the bathroom. You said so yourself.”
“Aren’t you thirsty?”
“I am, but I don’t want to pee myself.” He paused and stared at Doyle. “I’ll drink it if you let me go to the bathroom.”
Doyle hesitated. He understood where the guy was coming from, but Donald would kill him if he did that. “I can’t untie you.”
“Does that mean you’ll volunteer to clean up when I pee myself?”
“This is not what I signed up for.” Nothing was, dammit.
“What did you sign up for? Kidnapping a guy who was minding his own business?”
Doyle looked away. He didn’t like being reminded of it. “It’s none of your business.”
“Considering I’m that guy, I feel like it is. Why don’t you let me go?”
“Because I don’t want to die.” The words were out before Doyle could stop them.
The guy stared at Doyle. “They threatened you?”
“I’m sorry. I can’t help you.”
“What’s your name?”
Doyle didn’t want to answer. He was pretty sure he shouldn’t, but nothing in this situation felt right, especially not what they were doing to this guy. “Doyle.”
“And you’re a shifter.” Doyle hadn’t been told much about what was happening, but this much, he knew.
“I am. Are you human?”
“How did you end up in this situation?” Everly asked when Doyle didn’t add anything.
Doyle swallowed. He didn’t want to answer that question. He had a good reason, but he doubted Everly would see it the way he did. “I needed money.” Doyle snapped his mouth shut. He shouldn’t say anything else. He shouldn’t have said anything to begin with. “You want this water or not?”
Everly sighed. “I’m thirsty, but I also need to use the bathroom.”
Doyle eyed Everly, wondering if it was a trick. Would he try to escape if Doyle freed him? “Are you going to try to run away if I let you go to the bathroom?”
“I promise you I won’t.”
Doyle still wasn’t convinced, but he moved closer. He owed Everly at least that. The guy shouldn’t be tied up on that chair, and Doyle hated that he was involved in this at all.
Doyle was cautious, especially once Everly was free, but Everly kept his promise. He let Doyle take him to the bathroom without trying anything.
Doyle kept looking around, half expecting Donald to find out about this and take it out on him. Doyle wouldn’t have been surprised if the guy did just that. He was an asshole, but unfortunately, Doyle had to go along with whatever he wanted.